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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Gold: GER Jakob Brendel
Silver: ITA Marcello Nizzola
Bronze: FRA Louis François


There were no World Championships in this era, but at the 1931 European Championships in Praha, Sweden’s [Herman Tuvesson] won the title over Germany’s Kurt Leucht, with Italy’s [Marcello Nizzola] placing third. Tuvesson and Nizzola were in this event in Los Angeles, joined by 1931 World Championship contestants [Louis François] (FRA) and Hungary’s [László Szekfű]. Also competing was Germany’s [Jakob Brendel], who had been runner-up at the 1930 Europeans. Tuvesson advanced thru two rounds but was eliminated after losing a decision to Brendel in round three, leaving Brendel, François and Nizzola to contest the medals. In round four, François defeated Nizzola, but it was Nizzola’s first loss of the event, while François had lost a first-round match to Tuvesson and the Frenchman was eliminated. The final was between Brendel and Nizzola with the decision going to Jakob Brendel, the 1932 Official Report noting that Nizzola “gave up.” But Nizzola was not happy with the decision, and in the locker room after the match, attacked Brendel with a knife, with a policeman intervening to prevent any serious injuries.

Brendel would return in 1936 to a bronze medal in the same division. He was also European Champion in freestyle in 1937. François’s bronze medal was his only major international medal. Tuvesson, despite not winning a medal in Los Angeles, had the best career record of any of the competitors, winning four European Championships, and seven European medals. Nizzola also competed at the 1936 Olympics and won the European Championship in freestyle in 1935. There is no record of any sanctions against Nizzola for his attack on Brendel in the locker room, and the Los Angeles papers do not even mention the incident, but in 1947 he was assassinated at gunpoint when returning home, thought to be for political reasons.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Jakob Brendel 24 Germany GER Gold
2 Marcello Nizzola 32 Italy ITA Silver
3 Louis François 26 France FRA Bronze
AC Herman Tuvesson 29 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/5 5
AC Georgios Zervinis Greece GRE Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Aatos Jaskari 28 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/5 6
AC László Szekfű 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/5 6